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  • -President Trump was swept into office

  • in part because of his supposed blue collar appeal.

  • For example, he promised that America's truckers

  • would prosper under his administration.

  • So how are they doing after three years under Trump?

  • This is "The Check In." [ Cheers and applause ]

  • [ Bell dings ]

  • Trucking is a huge American industry,

  • worth over $700 billion

  • and employing over 7 million Americans,

  • which is why Trump pandered so hard during an event

  • with trucking industry executives

  • at the White House a few years ago

  • when he donned an "I love trucks" button

  • and then played inside of one.

  • [ Crowd applauds ]

  • [ Laughter ]

  • [ Honking ]

  • -Tell me how to get out of here.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -Nothing says "I'm a real blue-collar guy"

  • like "How do you get me down from a truck?"

  • [ Laughter ]

  • This looks like a geriatric remake

  • of "Smokey and the Bandit."

  • "Wait for me, Bandit. Snowman's gotta pee again.

  • 10-4." [ Laughter ]

  • When Trump later addressed trucking CEOs and executives

  • at the White House, even he had to admit that he was full of it.

  • -Through day and night and all kinds of weather,

  • truckers course the arteries of our nation's highways.

  • You carry anything and everything,

  • the food that stocks our shelves,

  • the fuel that runs our cars,

  • and the steel that builds our cities.

  • You think I wrote that? It's not bad.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Save that. I want to save that paragraph.

  • -No one thinks you wrote that. [ Laughter ]

  • You read that like a kid reciting a poem in class.

  • "Two roads diverged in yellow wood."

  • [ Laughter ]

  • No one even thinks you wrote this.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Also, what did you mean when you said,

  • "I want to save that paragraph"?

  • When will you ever have any reason to use it again?

  • [ Laughter ]

  • "Happy Valentine's Day, Melania.

  • You carry anything and everything.

  • The food that stocks my shelves."

  • Now, as Trump waxed poetic about truck drivers

  • and promised to put American truckers first,

  • drivers said he hasn't delivered.

  • In fact, the Trump Administration has actually

  • made things worse for many truckers by enacting

  • policies that hurt them financially.

  • Take Trump's tax law, which he tried to sell

  • as a huge tax break specifically for truck drivers.

  • And when he touted the plan in front of hundreds of truckers

  • and industry executives,

  • it was the classic Trump one-two punch --

  • transparent pandering followed by incoherent thoughts.

  • -I want to tell you, to the truckers in this room,

  • which is a lot of people,

  • you're going to make more money,

  • you're going to do better than ever before,

  • more jobs, higher pay, and lower taxes.

  • This huge tax cut.

  • [ Scattered booing ]

  • Two words. Huge and now rocket.

  • Can you believe it? I have 'em in the same --

  • Rocket.

  • You know what we're talking about, folks.

  • Don't worry about it.

  • It will rocket fuel,

  • and it will be rocket fuel for our economy.

  • -Now that I believe you wrote.

  • [ Laughter and applause ]

  • "It will be huge."

  • [ Cheering ]

  • "And then rocket fuel,

  • and it will be...

  • rocket fuel."

  • [ Laughter ]

  • So there you have it.

  • Trump said truckers would pay less and make more money

  • than ever thanks to his tax plan.

  • So how did that go?

  • -Do you feel like this administration

  • is listening to you as truckers? -No, ma'am.

  • -No, they're not listening, not at all.

  • -They say some of their issues affect all Americans,

  • like the Republican-led tax bill.

  • How many of you, by a show of hands,

  • saw your taxes increase this year?

  • -They all went up, yeah.

  • -One, two. -Yeah, this year they went up.

  • -One, two -- all of you?

  • So most of you saw your taxes increase?

  • The reason? Something called a per diem.

  • In the past, truckers could deduct things like food

  • and daily expenses from their taxable income.

  • Now, with Trump's new tax bill, they no longer can.

  • -I have a young family at home and with our per diem,

  • they took the per diem out.

  • That made an $8,000 difference.

  • -$8,000? -What I personally paid.

  • -So what were you paying in taxes last year?

  • -Nothing. -Amazing.

  • So while the tax plan lowered rates

  • for trucking industry executives

  • who make millions of dollars a year,

  • it only made things worse for those

  • actually doing the driving.

  • In fact, because of Trump's tax law,

  • accountants have had to tell truck drivers that after years

  • of being able to count on receiving tax refunds,

  • that they in fact would owe thousands of dollars.

  • As one small fleet owner put it, they got screwed.

  • It's so bad, a lot of them can't even afford clothing

  • for the women on their mud flaps.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • And in this case, a lot of the people getting screwed

  • voted for Trump, and they aren't just worse off

  • because of his tax law.

  • Truckers are also hurting because of Trump's trade wars

  • and tariffs, which, again, is a direct contradiction

  • to what he had promised.

  • -America first means putting American truckers first.

  • When companies stay in America and move to America,

  • it's our wonderful workers who reap the rewards,

  • including our great truckers who will have

  • more products to deliver and more contracts to fill.

  • That's the way it happens.

  • -Well, it turns out that's not the way it happens.

  • In fact, the exact opposite is what ended up happening.

  • -Industry data shows the rates trucking companies charge

  • are down nearly as much as 17%.

  • The reason? In part, the President's trade war.

  • With fewer goods like steel and electronics coming into

  • U.S. ports, fewer trucks are needed to move them.

  • -These tariffs are having real-life consequences

  • on states that rely on, for instance, trucking.

  • These states, many of them voted for President Trump.

  • Some of America's biggest trucking companies

  • are blaming the U.S./China trade war along with new tariffs

  • for hurting their bottom line.

  • -That's right. Because of Trump's trade war,

  • trucks have less to haul.

  • But Trump would probably say, "If you think about it,

  • that means they can drive smaller trucks

  • and then it'll be easier to get down from them."

  • [ Laughter ]

  • "Because they're very high in the air."

  • So Trump's tax law and his trade wars have had

  • a negative impact on truckers.

  • In fact, one of the few policies Trump enacted

  • that trucking industry lobbyists actually pushed for

  • is one that arguably puts everyone else on the road

  • in danger.

  • -The transportation department is moving to relax

  • federal regulations on the number of hours

  • that truckers can be behind the wheel.

  • -Highway safety advocates say the contemplated changes

  • would weaken the regulations leading to driver fatigue,

  • making roads more dangerous.

  • -They say truckers will put in even longer days at a time

  • when they say driver fatigue is a serious problem.

  • -For someone who loves trucks so much, Trump doesn't seem

  • to care much about the condition of the person behind the wheel.

  • Maybe he doesn't even realize there are drivers.

  • "I just assume the trucks go all day

  • and then at night they turn back into giant robots

  • and go to sleep." [ Laughter ]

  • So thanks to Trump's policies, truckers are forced to work

  • more for less pay in potentially harmful conditions.

  • And his ongoing trade wars could put thousands of truck drivers

  • out of work entirely.

  • So the best we can hope for is that truckers

  • return the favor in 2020.

  • This has been "The Check In."

  • ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ]

  • [ Bell dings ]

-President Trump was swept into office

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